Sanders pulls away from Buttigieg in New Hampshire poll

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersPressure grows for breakthrough in Biden agenda talks Sanders, Manchin escalate fight over .5T spending bill Sanders blames media for Americans not knowing details of Biden spending plan MORE (I-Vt.) has gained some breathing room in the New Hampshire Democratic presidential primary just after former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegSunday shows preview: Supply chain crisis threaten holiday sales; uncertainty over whether US can sustain nationwide downward trend in COVID-19 cases Buttigieg hits back after parental leave criticism: 'Really strange' The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by The Conference of Presidents of Major Italian American Organizations - US opens to vaccinated visitors as FDA panel discusses boosters MORE pulled into a near-tie with the Vermont senator last week, according to a WBZ–Boston Globe–Suffolk University tracking poll released Monday.

The poll shows Sanders with an 8-point lead in the Granite State, receiving the backing of 27 percent of respondents. Buttigieg was second in the poll with 19 percent of the vote and Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharOn The Money — Progressives play hard ball on Biden budget plan Schumer, McConnell headed for another collision over voting rights Hillicon Valley — Presented by LookingGlass — Congress makes technology policy moves MORE (D-Minn.) surged to third place with 14 percent.

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenPressure grows for breakthrough in Biden agenda talks State school board leaves national association saying they called parents domestic terrorists Sunday shows preview: Supply chain crisis threaten holiday sales; uncertainty over whether US can sustain nationwide downward trend in COVID-19 cases MORE and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenMisguided recusal rules lock valuable leaders out of the Pentagon Biden's soft touch with Manchin, Sinema frustrates Democrats Hillicon Valley — Presented by LookingGlass — Congress makes technology policy moves MORE (D-Mass.) gained 11.8 percent and 11.6 percent of the vote, respectively, to fall within the margin of error for third.

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Buttigieg’s performance in the Iowa caucuses may have led to a bump last week that has faded following Friday’s Democratic debate, David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center, told CBS Boston.

“This is the first time all of the survey is post-debate,” Paleologos said. “Whether Klobuchar’s spike is temporary remains to be seen. Sanders’s improvement comes in two areas: the West/North region — the four counties that know him best — and people torn between him and Warren. If Klobuchar were to finish third or fourth, she’s going to knock someone into that fifth spot, a real dire place to be for Biden or Warren.”

Sanders has led the field in most polls ahead of the first-in-the-nation primary Tuesday, while most polling also has Buttigieg solidifying his position in second place after being awarded the most delegates in the Iowa caucuses.

The tracking poll surveyed a two-day rolling sample of 500 New Hampshire likely Democratic primary voters and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.